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? [ male announcer ] learn more at isitlowt.com. [ laughs ] hey! >>> i believe in people's lawful right to bear arms and i will not take your shotgun away. i will not take your rifle away. i won't take your handgun away. there's common sense gun safety laws that i believe in. but i am not going to take your guns away. if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don't use that one. because that just ain't true. >> aware of the intense politics surrounding gun control, president obama vowed to support the rights of gun owners during his first term and his first campaign. but after the first term started, it is very clear that he lived up to that promise in a big way. the brady campaign gave him an "f" in 2010 for his record on gun regulation. but he didn't please gun advocates either. the nra gave him an "f" on his most recent report card. those two grades tell you a lot about the state of today's gun control debate. now after the mass murder of children at sandy hook elementary school the president is doing something different. he is taking a louder stand the that might endear him
by law to temporary regardly postpone the date that u.s. would otherwise default on its legal obligations. a lot of republicans think because they're willing to be irresponsible, because they're proven that they will irresponsibly endanger the good faith and credit of the united states, that's another piece of leverage down the road. >> yeah. and i think they're mistaken about this. i think the president has made it very clear that as a de facto position he will not compromise. because he wants to kick the habit of using the debt ceiling as a negotiating tool. obviously, it was a telling time for secretary geithner to put out that statement yesterday. >> did you find it political? >> no, i would never -- >> if the budget matters. >> no. but it does suggest that the white house wants a grand bargain type deal, that their investment is in getting something big together so that they can resolve all these things right now. you don't have to go and ask do this all over again in two months' time, they can start focusing on other legislative matters. >> and politicians are inherently risk averse
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